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I'm considering finding a Meg 4 R.S. in the next few months. I live in SA, and therefore majority of vehicles for sale are interstate. 

So realistically, what's the costs?

Let's use a specific example... Buying a registered car from VIC...

1.  What are the costs involved when it comes to govt taxes on the purchase? 

Do I have to pay stamp duty etc. on the purchase in VIC, and again when I transferred to SA registration?

2. Will it need compliance check and associated costs in SA? 

Roughly on a $45k car what's this all likely to total?? Is it going to be worth it or try to source one locally??? 

I'm in no hurry, and a few months off yet making a final decision. I just want to know what the realistic figure is that I need to add to the purchase price of an interstate vehicle. 

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I'm in QLD and bought my Clio from NSW.

Flew down and drove it home on its current NSW rego with the signed transfer papers in my possession.

Arrived home and paid for a RWC.  Needed a few things (leaking shocks) but that was OK.

Took the RWC to QLD transport office and registered it in my name.  Paid stamp duty in QLD.  Handed the NSW plates to QLD transport.  No idea if they just binned them or sent them back - probably just binned them.  Nothing for me to pay in NSW.

Seller could potentially have asked for a pro-rata refund from NSW registry but it didn't have long left on it and the "admin fee" to process a refund plus the need to somehow get the plates back (or at least a "plate surrender receipt") was probably not worth the effort.

VIC to SA could be completely different but that was my experience in NSW to QLD.  Quite easy to do.  The most significant thing was the RWC obligation fell on me as buyer instead of the usual situation where it is the sellers responsibility and cost.  If the car is modified or needs maintenance you might get a surprise.

Good luck with the search.

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Thanks. I'll be after a stock car that is only 2-3 years old so there shouldn't be any surprises as far as RWC goes. It's mainly the stamp duty etc I'm confused about...

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I bought my Megane III as a demo from a Renault dealer in the gold coast. Never saw the car, had it freighted down, and it was fine apart from two scratches on the right rear quarter panel which I suspect was from the transport people, but there was no condition report on either side of the transport. So it took a while but the dealer paid for respray. The car was otherwise perfect. 

 

It was a 265 trophy+ which was only a few months after being registered, and over $10K cheaper than anywhere in Australia. I was worried it was the wrong spec. But it was all good. 

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I'm in Sydney - bought my 8:08 second hand from the seller in Melbourne. Flew down, picked it up and drove it up to Sydney, got a blue slip, handed the Vic plates in to the NSW registry, paid my NSW rego and got my NSW plates, and drove off again.

Sold my R26 to a guy in Queensland.

Sold my GTi6 to a guy in Canberra.

If you want a car other than a white Corolla I find you need to travel to buy it anyway. It all becomes pretty straight forward after a while. Just make sure you have clear title.

Cheers

Justin

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Ok first things first - all the examples above unfortunately mean nix to you. You specifically need to know the rules for the state you are exiting and entering SA rego because all of those permutations will differ in some way, e.g. understanding NSW to VIC or VIC to QLD or QLD to SA will not help you at all for VIC to SA. For this, I recommend you consult the relevant state's website as well as your local SA road authority, and be prepared to try and work out what they are saying. Then, you will find it's productive to call one or both authorities to clarify any questions you have - I called Vicroads when transporting a car from NSW, and was pleasantly surprised how helpful they were in terms of advising how to go about it.

Some people will tell you that you can retain rego in the original state (forever), but most road authorities prohibit this, and therefore for insurance reasons I wouldn't personally do it.

With most combinations there seems to be a grace period, where you can get your local RWC and book a rego appointment before the interstate rego is deemed to no longer be valid (e.g. could be three months) - but again, you have to check for the specific state combo. The grey area is often whether you need to get an "unregistered permit" whilst you go through the process, and frankly for $50 or whatever it is, I just got one for peace of mind (even though it was probably unnecessary). There would be nothing worse than being in a bingle only to find out insurance won't pay because they find that grey area and deem your car unregistered! But, to be fair, there's nothing stopping you from getting your current car and driving all over Australia, so in theory it shouldn't matter (well, apart from sudden COVID border closures, I suppose!).

It's a pain, I know. I was looking for a couple of rare cars when I was in the market, so I had to look nationally as well - and each time I got to a stage where I was considering a car, I had to research the relevant rules to see how it would best work.

Oh, and generally speaking, stamp duty should only be required in the state where the transfer technically took place, i.e. either you are transferring rego in the state where the car currently resides and pay stamp duty there (then transfer the interstate rego to your local state) or you get the car home, get RWC and register it as a new rego in your home state (and where it was from the rego is then cancelled, refund to be negotiated to either you or the vendor as part of the sale price, presumably).

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Thank you. I'll give SA reg a call and go from there. I've been watching advertisements for a few months and nothing except a yellow demo had been for sale in SA, so I'm resigned to the fact it's most likely I'll be looking interstate. 

The registration needs to be changed to SA, although a lot of people don't do it. I won't be taking that risk. 

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I live in SA, I’ve bought dozens of vehicles interstate.
 

Here’s how it works mate.

Usually I fly over and drive the car back. It makes for an interesting trip and I get to know the car. On a few occasions I’ve had a vehicle (most times motorbikes) transported.

You DONT need to pay any stamp duty to the state you are buying the vehicle from. Sometimes, if the owner is nice, they’ll let you drive back home on their plates. They are responsible for notifying their transport authority of the sale. 

Sometimes, for even more fun, you can drive back with no plates on a temporary permit. Speed cameras be damned - just flog it all the way home. Yeehaa! (kidding...)


You then get the vehicle inspected at either Lonsdale or Regency Park (you don’t need an appointment, just show up, and be prepared to be treated with ridiculous levels of condescension).
That inspection will last you THREE months before it expires. You don’t pay for it at the inspection station, you pay the fee when you transfer/register the car. It’s about $57. They don’t look for anything other than rebirthing of cars etc. Blatant defects (tint way too dark etc) won’t get through.

Technically, you are supposed to register the car here within two weeks of buying it. So have all your ducks in a row when you get back. You then front up at TransportSA with your inspection paperwork, wait the regulation hour or so to be seen, pay for stamp duty, registration and the inspection fee, grab your new plates, and you’re  done!

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On 25/02/2021 at 11:41 AM, speedfiend41 said:


Sometimes, for even more fun, you can drive back with no plates on a temporary permit. Speed cameras be damned - just flog it all the way home. Yeehaa! (kidding...)

 

This is a pretty good way to do it.  I bought a new vehicle once in Victoria (just worked out that way as vehicle availability and a great deal meant I bought it from Warrnambool). As the plan was to have it in Queensland, I bought it unregistered in Victoria, but had a VicRoads permit to drive (cost about $17 from memory) which was a piece of paper that needed to be taped to the windscreen.  The stipulation was I had to get back to Queensland by an appropriately direct route. 

OK... 😆

They also never said the had to be readable on the windscreen by the way...

OK...

I flew down to Victoria, hired a cheap car one way to Warrnambool and picked up my new vehicle before scooting up the road to Mildura to see friends and stop for an overnight stay.  Next morning at first light I headed off at warp factor 9 having "run in" the new car between Warrnambool and Mildura.  A quick 1650km journey and later that same day I was home.  I always wondered what the traffic monitoring camera operators thought as they watched my unplated vehicle do 17 hours of driving in a day ripping through the camera points without a care in the world. 

Epic first drive of the new vehicle... 😎

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Just used CEVA in the last week. They were great to deal with and cheap. I did pick the cheapest transport option too mind you which was appropriate for the car in question :)

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On 24/02/2021 at 8:53 PM, Mr2pod said:

I'm considering finding a Meg 4 R.S. in the next few months. I live in SA, and therefore majority of vehicles for sale are interstate. 

So realistically, what's the costs?

Let's use a specific example... Buying a registered car from VIC...

1.  What are the costs involved when it comes to govt taxes on the purchase? 

Do I have to pay stamp duty etc. on the purchase in VIC, and again when I transferred to SA registration?

2. Will it need compliance check and associated costs in SA? 

Roughly on a $45k car what's this all likely to total?? Is it going to be worth it or try to source one locally??? 

I'm in no hurry, and a few months off yet making a final decision. I just want to know what the realistic figure is that I need to add to the purchase price of an interstate vehicle. 

if your in SA and looking for a Meg 4, I have my trophy for sale.
Is up in the car sales section.
Open to offers.

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38 minutes ago, smee323 said:

if your in SA and looking for a Meg 4, I have my trophy for sale.
Is up in the car sales section.
Open to offers.

Thanks. Your car looks amazing, however I'll be looking for an EDC version. Most likely sport, but may consider a cup. Still sorting a few things on a new business, so plans delayed a little. 

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